Just popped in to say G' day

25th December 2006

 

We had the pleasure of being visited on Christmas eve by our local Koala. He is an old fellow now blind in one eye, but managing just fine, he knows his way around.
He is seen here in a few different locations, first as he settled in for the day in a peach tree next to the house, nicely shaded from the sun.

 

Later in the day he ventured down from the peach tree and made his way across the yard towards the forest, following along the fence line he knows well, then up a large gum tree, ready to munch the night away.

 

 

 

 

As we live in the bush, we have the pleasure of visits from not just the animals we have raised, but also the wild population on occasion. It is however not too often that they venture quite as close as this.

 

This little Koala came for a visit one evening, the lights were all on, the doors open, and much to our surprise he had arrived without a sound, sitting on a pole watching us from within meters.

 

He stayed for about an hour, then slowly made his way back to the forest.


He is a young one from last year, his mum is a regular visitor to our back yard, and in the last few weeks we have heard the distinct sound, that tells us she is probably again with a new cub in her pouch.

 

The little one would have been told to go find his own territory. We feel very privileged to be able to watch these wonderful animals in their natural habitat.

 

 

Early one morning we awoke to the sounds of Koalas, all did not seem as peaceful as usual, the female and her cub was screeching, so out we went for a look.

In one tree sat the resident male, in another tree the female, her cub a bit further out on the branch.

We watched in amazement as the male jumped with no effort at all to the tree with mum and cub.

 

The little cub quickly took off higher up the tree, out of harms way, but letting the male know in no uncertain terms that he did not approve. He screeched and yelled all the way.

The mating ritual did not seem to agree with the female at all, in fact it sounded rather brutal.

Later in the year, we did see the result though, as another little Koala climbed all over Mum, right to the top of her head, as it reached for that must have leaf on the end of a branch of delicious eucalypt.

 

 

Images by Katrina & Susanne Ulyatt

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.